February 5, 2012

The Week with Mark Sutcliffe

February 5, 2012

This Sunday, Mark welcomes two political journalists to discuss the week in national politics. Viewers are also welcome to contribute their thoughts about the big stories of the week.

On the program:

-Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Huffington Post Canada

-Andrew Cohen, author, columnist and professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication

Tune in, call in,and tweet in this Sunday to talk about:

PENSIONS IN PERIL? Possible changes to Old Age Security and pension reform sparked fiery debate all week on Parliament Hill and across the country. Should the government reveal more of its plan for seniors? And should retirement benefits be on the table, as cuts are considered in the next federal budget?

HONOUR KILLINGS: Three first-degree murder convictions—that’s the outcome of the Shafia trial in Kingston, Ontario. How widespread is the problem of honour killings? Can we do more to prevent them? And should there be special provisions to cover them in the criminal code?

AFGHANISTAN’S FUTURE: A leaked NATO report suggests the Taliban will regain control in Afghanistan, despite more than a decade of NATO effort and sacrifice. Canada’s Defence Minister questions the report’s legitimacy. Was the war in Afghanistan worth it, or did Canada pay too high a price? And is NATO’s exit strategy sound?

CONTROVERSIAL COMMENT: Death penalty discussion reignites as a Conservative senator says every murderer should have a rope in his cell so he can choose to end his own life. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu has since apologized. Did he go too far or is it time for a new discussion on this controversial topic?


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Mark Sutcliffe

A broadcaster, writer and entrepreneur, Mark joined CPAC in the Fall of 2009 to host The Week – a Sunday morning, national phone-in on the week in politics. He also hosts Ottawa Today, weekday mornings on 1310 NEWS, in Ottawa, and is the CEO of Great River Media. A marathon runner and volunteer, Mark is also the founder of iRun magazine and the author of Long Road to Boston. He was inducted into the Order of Ottawa in 2016.